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we would use to support that program would be. it would be that sort of a process i think that i would be looking forward to. >> okay. thank you. >> commissioner campos. >> thank you mr. chair. just quickly i think the main objectives should be to move this quickly, as quickly as possible, just to provide some context for why joint meetings have happened before to be honest is really to keep pressure on the public utilities commission. our experience with this project has been that unless we're in the same room hearing directly from them about what their concerns are the experience in the past has been that new set of concerns would come up, and so it was really about having both agencies in the room so that we could on the
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same page. if people feel there is no longer a need to do that i am open to do that but i am surprised to see if things have changed and we don't need that anymore so i am open to what counsel said but i would also say this i would have a problem if we can't do a joint meeting in january. i don't see why we wouldn't be able to do a joint meeting in january. i don't think -- i think that if the puc is really committed to this and is making it a priority we will have a meeting in january. i guess if we don't it will show the level of -- the lack of commitment on the part of this agency but i think if the commitment is there a meeting in january shouldn't be a problem. >> thank you and i want to express that concern as well. i think there is a lot of urgency
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that we want to keep invected into all of this discussion and movement on cleanpowersf, so i actually like the idea of staff getting together from lafco staff and puc staff getting together as soon as possible. i am around during the holidays and so if there's even a time to get together during the holidays i would like to participate and if my staff is available too as well in meetings and the goal should be how to get ready for the joint meeting so yeah we can actually have a very direct discussion to move the project forward and not get bogged down into the weeds but has events set up for us to move things to the next level of approval. >> if i may chair avalos. as i said in my opening comments at the beginning of this meeting we are ready to sit down with mr. fried and collaborate and
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put together a briefing paper that describes where we have agreement, where we don't, and what the enernex's report overall recommendations is and i am here over the holidays and i am happy to do that. i don't think there is any issue on the puc side, reluctance whatsoever to do it. i committed on tuesday to do it for my commission and collaborate with him and put the information together. >> that's great. i would think if it's possible that ms. malcolm has the end of january is there any way she can participate. i'm not sure if that is official when she comes back or come back sooner it would be good to include her because she's done a lot of work on the clean power project so if there is a way to reach out if she can participate too that would be great. okay. that's part a of item 3 so we also have
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part b. could we have a presentation on that. . >> yes and part b is the topic whether we have update on the regulatory front for cleanpowersf and yes, i will say that as i have reported at prior meetings we do have activity on the pg&e green tariff application before the california public utilities commission. the administrator law judge assigned to that case reopened the record to take in some additional information to reconcile that record with a recent california puc decision on renewable portfolio standards and the integration and the -- excuse me, the costs of integration of renewables into the utilities supply port folio. we had taken the position in the green tariff case that integration costs should be among the costs included in the option price so customers participating in that program
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are paying their fair share and customers not participating in the program are not paying for the program, and so -- >> could you explain what that means? what does integration costs mean? >> the additional costs associated with bringing renewables online and having them work well with the other resources that are in the supply portfolio so for example a gas powered resource you could turn on and off and dial it up when demand is up and dial it back down when demand is low. the wind, renewable -- sorry, the wind and solar projects and those supplies vary based on mother nature and so there's a cost for how do you balance the supply and make sure that the
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very intermittent wind supply that is coming in and the solar supplies that ramps up quick in the mid-morning and stays high and tails off as the day wearos how do you stack the resources up that totals the supply constantly that meets your customer's demand? so there is an art and science to integrating those different kinds of supply curves to meet your total demand, your total supply need, and it's those sorts of cost that's utility incurs that need to be factored into the overall cost structure. we had made that point many months ago in this proceeding, and now that the california puc spoke to that issue in another docket as to how to do that and how those costs should be bonn the administrative law assigned to this green tariff
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application that pg&e filed said let's bring that issue back and get a fresh look at it now that the commission has given direction and tell us how it should work within the green tariff option so there's a short briefing period that the administrative law judge is providing for all parties for that issue. part of what that reopening of the record does is resets the clock -- well, a couple of thoughts on reading the tea leerves around that. the administrative law judges face a statutory requirement to give the decisions within the commission's within 90 days of the record being complete. we hit 90 days in this proceeding maybe two weeks ago. in fairness to the administrative law judge the original judge
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that heard the case retired and now a new judge is taking that record and reviewing it. the positive aspect of this development is that it appears that administrative law judge has completed review and has identified one issue that needs additional work so that is good. sounds like the judge has done their homework. identified one issue that needs more work. gave a short period of time for the parties to speak to that issue and then hopefully we're in a position to issue a decision pretty quickly thereafter. sort of the down side is by reopening the record that reset the 90 day clock i referred to, so the optimists in me says they're close to a decision once the last set of issues are vetted and understood they're be a position -- the judge will propose a decision soon thereafter. the pessimists in me says they reset the clock
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and have another 90 days. i'm not sure which road we're on but i think the expect aigdz that the administrative law judge reviewed the record is solid and hopefully we're on that optimistic path. >> so they're determining the cost of the program will be. >> correct. hopefully soon we will have a good sense of what pg&e 100% renewable portfolio product that the cleanpowersf program would be competing against will cost. >> great. and so guesstimation final? >> yeah, there is a short window here where the record has been reopened. once the administrative law judge issues the proposed decision it has to sit for not less than 30 days before the commission can act on it, so we're probably looking at march, april.
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>> okay. >> okay. >> thank you. >> you're welcome. >> i see no other questions from commissioners so we could go on to public comment. just to say i have -- would we have quorum if i had to go at 3:30 o'clock? that's my time. >> [inaudible] >> you only need two? okay. public comment is now open. >> okay at last good afternoon commissioners. eric brooks representing san francisco green party and our city and representatives here of san francisco clean energy advocates. our message today is this report is clear and decisive evidence that we can now move forward. all of the issues that were brought up by staff and i have read all their comments on the red line document are as you say talking about clarity. none of them in
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any way question the findings of this report so what we have now is two different -- over the last couple of years two different consultant reports that show 9,000, 10,000 jobs, huges amounts of megawatt energy at the same or lower rate than pg&e the way it's looking like now and we resolved the issues that sf puc came up last year around jobs creation. we might want to remember that the controller last year said there might be negative 100 jobs. now we have ted egan saying this is right and we're claiming thousands of jobs and where exactly the jobs are and the exact number is not as important as moving the program forward. we see that it's more sensible idea to do what sonoma and marin have done and do 50%, 100% or the break down, light green,
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dark green can be. we see that the sf puc can do the purchasing instead of shell. all these issues were brought up by the commission, the sf puc and now they're resolved so we staff to work on the things in the background to clarify but we believe by the i understand of january the sf puc able to bring back kim malcolm and start working on developing a final plan to move this forward and with a lot of behind the meter assets -- >> thank you. any other speakers? >> good afternoon. bruce wolf, haight-ashbury neighborhood council and san francisco clean advocates. yeah, there will be jobs and time to move the program forward. let's not waste anymore time and if you encounter as you anticipate any
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obstacles or barriers about overcome them positively and rapidly. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker please. >> hello commissioners. jud holtman with 350 bay area, 350 san francisco. so i know we've all been working on this issue for at least a couple of years and we have heard a lot of questions over the last year with the program design with the issue of shell, the issue of jobs, the issue of excessive reliance on renewable energy certificates if we're trying to serve 100% renewable energy from day one. this report answers all of the questions. eric spoke to some of that so i won't go into that but i hope your staffs and yourself will get the opportunity to go over the report because i think it's pretty great. we heard there
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would be no jobs conceivably. no jobs and now we're talking about breaking down model sets of jobs and that's definitely the right direction. the job estimates use a standard methodology and indirect jobs are normal to count. i think if we can get that clarification too it would be great to move forward and not hold up the commission for an hour. also to point out these job estimates do not include any energy efficiency or behind the meter jobs that was mentioned at the meeting. that would be used to create substantially more jobs. that wasn't included because this report is based on a list of proposed projects that were scoped and suggested by the sf puc. we gave that list -- the city and county gave that list to enernex as a way of saying without going all crazy into the behind the meter stuff these are projects that the puc looked at. why don't you look at these
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potential projects and this list is from those projects. as was said we might not do all of the projects. >> >> by the end of january we want to see the updated rate setting and plan creation under -- >> thank you. next speaker please. >> good afternoon commissioners. thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to speak. i am jess ackerman and the conservation manager for the sierra club and excited to see the enernex report and resolves the issues that we had and excited to move forward. we would like to see director malcolm come back to the puc and actually start looking at what the rates would be for a program that wouldn't include the shell contract and that's pretty much it so thanks so much for all of your work on this and we look forward to having you continue to push this forward and really
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putting pressure on everyone to move the program forward. thank you. >> thank you. any other public that would like to comment? >> hello commissioners. i am tiffany from the sierra club and i am also in agreement with everyone in this room that i am looking forward to seeing cleanpowersf being moved forward and also i am happy to see that we're addressing the fact we shouldn't be fixated on what type of jobs and more on the issue of climate change and how san francisco can work to combat that so thank you for having us here today and i am excited to see this program move forward. >> great. thank you so much and seeing no other member of the public come forward we will close public comment. [gavel] and this is just an information item, right, so we will go on
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to our next item, item number 5. >> sorry. >> item number 5 status update regarding the study on the implementation and opportunities for undergrounding of wires in san francisco. >> jason fried lafco. i was trying to keep the meeting moving forward quickly. as i mentioned last meeting this is an update to where we're at with the study. it's a verbal acknowledgment that we have been doing a lot of research. luckily i found amazing research intern amy brendan who is here and doing a lot of the research because the enernex report has been sucking up my time and i have been doing that. she is helping with the research. the one thing we found out since the last meeting it urn its out that the budget analyst office was looked into a portion of what we were supposed to be doing here so in consultation with both the chair and supervisor tang's
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office we have modifying slightly what we're doing so we don't repeat the work of the analyst office. they're looking at the cost break down to do and cost in other places so we're leaving that work to them and working in coordination with them and we're going to take over the next steps how to get the program moving forward. how do we potentially find other funding sources based on the research we're both doing and part of the work is done by the budget legislative analyst and we will take over the rest. we did a good portion and drafted a little bit of the language for the undergrounding side of things. we haven't gotten to the fire things and we -- fiber things and we need more research. hopefully in january we will have a written report but depending on the other items could be pushed back to february for a draft report done. >> okay. that's very good. thank you for the report. i just want to make sure you're
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working closely with president tang so that she feels she's is getting what she wanted out of it. i think we're in agreement and wanted to see the undergrounding happening as well but she called for it so you're working closely with her office? >> yes. i am informing her staff. >> okay. this item is open for public comment. any member of the public that would like to comment? >> eric brooks san francisco green party and local organization and our net and we worked in the mid2000's of making sure we keep the internet systems public and not sell them to private corporations anymore and along those lines we think this study work could be used as a launch pad to get to the bigger discussion of revamping the ammiano study done several years ago so it's up-to-date so we can start talking about city wide broadband for everybody in
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the community through partly fiber and other methods, and i know you've heard this before. i think the next step now for the commission is that i would strongly urge you commissioners to go online and look up in chattanooga tennessee, the gig. that's the first city wide major public brand ban network for the citizen reef the community. it gives us the picture of where we need to goally. >> >> and this report doesn't encompass but but it's the launch point to get there right away so i urge you to look up the gig in chattanooga and check it out what is possible because it's an amazing situation where they're getting enough revenue from the system that it's not really costing a lot to taxpayers or ratepayers. this is a program that's cheaper
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than what we already pay for over a gig wat of connection speed so please read that before jason gives the final report so we're ready to go on the next step of getting community public brand ban to the -- broad ban to the entirety of san francisco. this is the same as eisenhower's highway system. it's the public internet system, instead of private internet system so please be check it out. thanks. >> okay. i look forward to that. any other member of the public to comment? okay. we will close public. [gavel] and go to the next item. >> chair avalos can i thank gene cleanon and one of the activists in the district that have been urging us to take on the issue and i wanted to thank them and the other residents for bringing this to us. thank you. >> thank you. madam clerk.
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>> item 6 executive officer's report. >> would you also like to call future agenda items with this because my report will meld into that. >> okay. let's call item 7 as well. >> item 8 is future agenda items. >> thank you. first all i wanted to start off by saying in january there will be the chair and vice chair will be up for reelection again so keep that in mind as we move to the january meeting that the elections are coming as we always traditionally do in the first meeting of the year have the elections for chair and vice chair for the 2015 year. >> just a question. >> yeah. >> can chairs -- do they have to be members -- any commissioner could be a chair? >> any commissioner could be a chair. the alternate cannot be chair. although i would have to talk with legal counsel, with supervisor mar not having anyone in the regular seat he fills in
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as a alternate seat member until that is filled in but the alternates from my understanding shouldn't be elected as chair or vice chair but any of the other seats can be chair or vice chair. >> so in the meantime we will poll the commission to see what desires people have to be alternates or not. i think it's important to rotate a lot of the positions so we will come back before january with a sense of that. >> all right. perfect and the other thing i wanted to mention that melds into the future agenda items since our last meeting the supervisor scott wiener has introduced legislation that made its way through the board process of asking lafco if would work on a new study to look at open source elections so that is something that the board is asking lafco to look at. i believe it's not on our agenda today because when that process was still going through it hadn't passed the board yet when
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doing our agenda and that's why it's not on there but in the future we will get a request to do this new study. what my recommendation is at this point on that is instruct me to do more research. find out exactly what it is, how much time it would take and come back in january with a report to what we would do and coordinate with the other work we're doing because we have the cca which is a major part of my time and the supervisor tang's request on undergrounding that we're working on and how this potentially mixes into ti had a distinction. >> >> with supervisor wiener's staff and we might not get to it later until 2015 but if the commission decides to it could be an item looked at and discussed so that's the end of my report and potential future agenda items. >> thank you. i appreciate the request. i think it's something work looking at. in fact we have been with the same system almost a decade i believe and there has been discussion over the years about going to an
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open source system. mr. bradon turner has been a lot to urge us to look at this system and i appreciate that and i know commissioner mar as well. commissioner mar. >> yeah, i was just going to make the motion that we conduct that study at the urging of the full board of supervisors and i wanted to thank supervisor wiener and i was a co-author with supervisor kim and we supported this so my hope is we move it forwardar a open and transparent voting system in the city and thank the work by the task force and many of the activists in the community that urged us to look at open source and other alternatives to what some call a monopoly system by the dominant voting systems. >> so we have a motion on the floor and have public comment
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too. >> >> and commissioner crews wants to add something. >> i just wanted to thank supervisor -- i'm sorry commissioner mar for bringing this forward as an item for lafco to look at. i would just make one suggestion in terms of timing to mr. fried is that as we think about 2015 and your involvement with the department of elections and perhaps we will want to do a pause on the undergrounding report if necessary just to engage department of elections as it pertains to the open source voting job. do you have any thoughts on that? >> yeah, i actually thought about that and i agree with you there is a need to work with the department of elections. i was watching the hearings in the board process and closer to november they have an election and their time is spent on that. i will figure out to get the
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information from them earlier in the year but hold off doing the work and the writing and the stuff that takes more time to put together the report until after we finish the undergrounding so that is the first request that we got and i have been thinking how to engage with them and they have their schedule and important things to do and getting that out of them and getting the information. sticking it in a file for a while and then finishing undergrounding coming back and finishing up this report after that is done. that's my current thought but i need to talk to more people and see how realistic that is. >> that's great. i also want to say i am really happy to see supervisors wiener and tang engage lafco. while we are certain focused on cleanpowersf i think the value of lafco and the work that you do mr. fried as staff is incredible to see
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and to see san francisco really utilize lafco in the way it can be as an agency. thanks. >> and i would tend to agree with making sure that we have the proper prioritization of our projects as well. although i do see value in the projects being asked of us or of your staff. there was something i wanted to add. oh the contract with election system is i believe with secoy a i think it's important that you go forward and tell you about the urgency and the contract lasts until a certain date so we can't act on changes until that contract is over unless we null that contract so that is important to look at so we have a sense how we might want to proceed because we could actually -- it's possible to vote to kill the contract and move forward with a new system but given that might be challenging i think it's
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important to know when that actual contract is finalized. >> i agree with you completely. when i was watching the hearings sounds like there are one and two year extensions that get done. the report won't create the system. here's the pathway for the city and county and work that needs to be done to create the open source system itself so i wouldn't assume that we do it's not something you get within the next few years but perhaps outside of that contract with what is left with sequoyah. >> right if our contract isn't going to expire for a couple of years the urgency isn't that great even for lafco so the focus is on clean power first and foremost. >> yeah. >> let's open this up for public comment. any member of the public that would like to comment. >> yes bruce wolf speaking for myself. on the elections and open source software. i
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suggest that the city become a member of cavo and association of elect officials and do work on open source and security is correct and there is consistency across these types of softwares. i think it's important. it gives you a breath of information and substance for that. i believe it was originally contained in the original language of the legislation and then subsequently later was pulled. thank you. >> good afternoon. one more time commissioners, eric brooks local green party, our city. first i would reiterate what bruce wolf said and that should be included in the legislation and then for on future agenda items when you do have your next joint meeting with the sf puc this is ju

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